FYI December 15, 2018

On This Day

1851 – The Monster Meeting, Australia was an organised protest by approximately 10,000 to 15,000 diggers at the Shepherd’s Hut, Forest Creek.  The Forest Creek Monster Meeting was an organised protest at Forest Creek in Victoria, Australia against the increase in Miner’s Licence fee planned by the colonial government of Victoria. Although it was one of several similar protests held around the colony, it is notable as the largest known mass rally held during the Australian gold rushesRead more ->

Born On This Day

1909 – Eliza Atkins Gleason, African American librarian (d. 2009)[1]
Eliza Atkins Gleason (December 15, 1909 – December 15, 2009)[1] was the first African American to receive a doctorate in Library Science. In 1941,she established and became the first Dean of the School of Library Service at Atlanta University and created a library education program that trained 90 percent of all African-American librarians by 1986.[2]  Read more ->


Celebrating A Velocity of Being: Maria Popova and Guests | NYPL Author Talks On December 15, several of the contributors will join me to read their letters (and play some music) alongside art from the book in a special evening at The New York Public Library — our only live event for the book, at the most fitting venue for this many-peopled endeavor of goodwill, for we are donating 100% of proceeds from the book to our local public library system in New York.

By Emily Petersen: Our favorite Science photos of 2018

By Steven Melendez: Amazon and Walmart add more robots, but insist they won’t terminate jobs
Companies like Amazon and Walmart say their automation efforts will lead to new jobs, but critics worry about the humans who could be phased out.

By Michael Grothaus: 7 digital privacy tools you need to be using now
Everyone wants your data. Here’s how to protect it.

The Passive Voice:
Meet the Safecracker of Last Resort
I’ve always envied people
Can a sleepless night awaken creativity?
Six Years With a Distraction-Free iPhone
Planes And Vans Could Deliver Billions In Cost Savings For Amazon

By Martin J. Smith: This former Deutsche Bank exec gave it all up to run a Brooklyn music school
Chad Cooper left a fast-track career at Deutsche Bank when the struggling Brooklyn Conservatory of Music called his name. Here’s why he did it.

ITRC: The mission of the Identity Theft Resource Center, or ITRC, is to provide free help and information to consumers. 
They want to be a voice for identity theft crime victims who don’t know what to do about the situation. Visit their website or call them at 888-400-5530.
The ITRC website also gives information about scams and fraud and categorizes ID theft crime: child, criminal, elderly, financial, government, medical, and military. Sign up for their newsletter while you’re there.

By Christina Maxouris, CNN: California commission finds PG&E falsified records for years

Thomas Biesheuvel and Danielle Bochove, Bloomberg: Chicken-Egg Sized Diamond Found in Canada’s Frozen North

By Louis Casiano | Fox News: Parents say priest told mourners that son may be kept out of heaven over suicide: report
The Hullibargers said an apology isn’t enough.
“Really, the only way for that to happen is for this priest to be removed. We’re afraid that, like the Catholic Church does, they’ll send him off and he’ll do it to somebody else,” Jeff Hullibarger said.

By Al Cross: Ky. appeals court OKs release of records showing how Purdue Pharma promoted OxyContin, opioid epidemic

Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.”
Victor Borge

“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.”
Dave Barry

“I love Christmas. I receive a lot of wonderful presents I can’t wait to exchange.”
Henny Youngman

“The principal advantage of the non-parental lifestyle is that on Christmas Eve you need not be struck dumb by the three most terrifying words that the government allows to be printed on any product: “Some assembly required.””
John Leo

“Let me see if I’ve got this Santa business straight. You say he wears a beard, has no discernible source of income and flies to cities all over the world under cover of darkness? You sure this guy isn’t laundering illegal drug money?”
Tom Armstrong

“Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.”
Johnny Carson


My Recipe Treasures: White Chocolate Corn Pops, Best Ever Egg Nog and Amazing Versatile Brownie Mix

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